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Potting Bench

Ana White
Ana White
Ana White
Ana White

This potting bench is a great addition to your backyard and keeps all your gardening tools organized and easily accessible.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Cut List: 2 – 2x4 @ 61-1/2” (back legs) 2 – 2x4 @ 35-1/4” (front legs) 4 – 2x4 @ 22” (side aprons) 10 – 1x4 @ 39” (front aprons, short shelf boards, back shelf) 10 – 1x4 @ 42” (long shelf boards, back boards) 2 – 1x4 @ 24” both ends cut at 45 degrees, long point to short point measurement (cross support)

    2. Step: 2

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      Mark the back legs from the bottom at 11-1/4” and 35-1/4”. Attach with 2-1/2” exterior deck screws the 22” long side aprons to the back legs, matching marks with tops of aprons. Then mark the front legs 1-1/2” in from front edge and also 11-1/4” up from bottom of leg. Attach other side of 22” long side aprons to the front legs.

    3. Step: 3

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      Attach front aprons to the side aprons with 2” deck screws and glue.

    4. Step: 4

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      Shelving – Place shelving boards on bottom shelf. Attach with about a ½” gap in between shelf boards with 2” exterior deck screws. Repeat for top shelf.

    5. Step: 5

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      Cross bracing – cut cross bracing at 45 degree angles on ends. Attach to back legs and the back shelf board with 2” exterior deck screws and glue.

    6. Step: 6

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      Hutch Back – Attach hutch back boards to back legs with 2” exterior deck screws, leaving about 2” gap in between boards.

    7. Step: 7

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      Hutch Shelf – Screw through back boards and back legs into the hutch shelf board sides and back to attach with 2” exterior deck screws.

    8. Step: 8

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      Accessories – Add hooks and towel bar for additional accessories.

Comments (13)

  • This is exactly what I have been looking for! Thanks so much Anna White.

    By Betsyj59

  • its GREAT for small space but got whst u neef


  • Made this as part of my wife's mother's day gift. Sanded all the corners and added a nice stain. Came out beautiful. Thank you.

    By rudyalvarado7

  • Starting this build next week, I am making it as a christmas gift for my Mother whom loves gardening. I am thinking maybe using Cedar? Any recommendations as it will be kept outdoors all the time.

    By Mike Mercer

  • I am assuming all these measurements are in inches?

    By Mike Mercer

  • It looks like the tool bench my dad built for me when I was 4. Except the back has pegboard and the bottom shelf has plywood on the bottom of the 2*4's so it makes a scrap wood storage shelf with the 2*4 lip around it. I still have it if you want a photo. (I am 11 now) We have the same initials Anna. A&W like the rootbeer. I have an A&W shirt for that reason. (I don't really like the rootbeer, but fun to have a shirt with my initials on it.

    By Tech-nic-Allie

  • Is there a way to print out these plans with legible measurements?

    By edspyhill09

  • Where can I get the plans for this item?

    By sthorne1221
    • I found the step-by-step instructions. However, there apparently is no way to print it out, am I correct?

      By sthorne1221
    • Correct, it is not a downloadable file but can be viewed from the screen. However, if you have a MacBook you could always take a screenshot of the instructions and print that screenshot picture.


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